By Funmi Komolafe
Brothers and sisters, congratulations. Gradually, we are moving to the end of 2017, by the grace of the Almighty God, you will see the end of the year.
It will also mean an end to all your troubles.
Those issues that have been making you to soak your pillow with tears secretly will soon become issues that will make you shed tears of joy publicly in Jesus name.
We are still in the season of His Mercy.
What exactly is His mercy or who deserves mercy?
A simple dictionary defines mercy as “ Leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice”. It goes further to describe the “ throne of mercy “ as the “ seat of God”.
But let’s pause for a second and ask who deserves mercy. From my point of view, the one who needs to ask for mercy is someone that has first admitted he or she is guilty of something. Such a person is conscious that judgement is either imminent or the challenge he or she is going through may be a result of some generational sin committed in the family.
What exactly do I mean? For instance, a young lady who before she became born again had series of relationships that resulted in pregnancy, because she wasn’t ready for babies at that time, aborted the pregnancy.
Now, she is married and wants to have children but children aren’t coming. Her past may be unknown to her husband but it is not unknown to her. Or is it the case of a young man who had carnal knowledge of a lady, the relationship turned sour and the lady placed a curse on him that no woman will ever bear him children.
Brethren, these cases are real and there are several other cases. For others, it could be none of these, but perhaps in family where idols have been worshipped and there was a covenant that at least a lady must be dedicated to the idol as a wife. Such a lady will never get married neither will she have children but she would continue to have dreams of having sexual intercourse.
The common denominator here is that something has gone wrong somewhere. Or why do you think doctors will declare a couple fit to have children and conception will not take place even for one day. Even after they had prayed and fasted.
There is also the case of a man who got jilted by his lover. He became so disturbed that his mother sought the assistance of an herbalist to help her son forget the lady. In the process, the herbalist did something that made the man unable to take interest in any lady. The result of which is his inability to get married though he has all it takes to be called somebody’s husband.
Brethren, let’s be true to ourselves. Many of us have done some things that have become obstacles to our blessings.
Once, we admit this, either we are conscious of the sin or not, what we need to do is to ask for the mercy of God because our God does not want the sinner to perish but to have eternal life.
Our God is merciful but His mercy is not to be thrown at people who do not ask for it. His word in Romans 9 vs. 15 confirms this. “ For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”.
If an accused person appears before a judge and does not plead for leniency, he should not expect the judge to be merciful. It means he wants the law to take it full course and the judge will ensure this is done.
When dealing with God, it is similar. The difference is that whereas the human judge can only act within the provisions of the law, our God’s mercy is unlimited.
Psalm 103 v. 8 is our authority. “ The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy”.
Therefore, we all can benefit from his mercy. As you ask for the mercy of God this season you will enter into your season of fruitfulness in Jesus name.
Let’s briefly study Psalm 86 vs.3 “ Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily”. This is for someone who has been praying and fasting but yet to receive a favourable answer.
Verse 5 of the same Psalm 86 is more explicit. It states, “ For thou Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee”.
Take note of two word here forgive and plenteous.
Without asking for forgiveness, it may be difficult to receive His mercy yet we need His mercy to fulfilled in marriage, career, business, and other aspects of life. His mercy is the surest guarantee for all round fruitfulness. By the grace of God the season of an end to your unrewarding labour is here. Tap into it.
Psalm 102 vs. 13 gives us that confidence. “ Thou shall arise, and have mercy on Zion :(use your name instead of Zion), for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come”.
This is if you believe that your time has come. Once you believe your time has come, it is also a belief that it is time to be relieved of those challenges.
The word of the Lord continues in Psalm 86 verses 15-17. It states: “ But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant and save the son of thine handmaid “.
Verse 17 “ Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast hoplen me and comforted me”.
Very soon, the Almighty God will comfort you. His mercy will give you comfort in a diamension that is beyond your imagination in the name of Jesus.
You don’t believe it? Better believe. When Lady F. heard the cry of Samuel at his birth, after over 20 years of waiting, she screamed, God, finally, I am a mother! The waiting has ended. It dawned on her that finally; the enemy has lost the battle. Jesus has proved himself.
This season, the Lord will prove himself in every aspect of your life and your testimony will inspire others in Jesus name.
The word of the Lord in Habakkuk 1 verse 5 “ Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you”.
Brothers and Sisters, I don’t know what you are waiting on Jesus for but very soon, you will soon be soliloquizing saying, “ Is this me, is it true? Keep faith alive and be expectant. Before this year ends, the Lord will grant your heart’s desires in Jesus name.
Let’s round up today’s edition of Joyful homes with a testimony.
A lady in a popular Pentecostal church who had been waiting on the Lord took in. As expected she and her husband were elated. During one of her antenatal clinic visits to her doctor, she was told that the baby was lifeless and she should get ready to have the baby evacuated.
She politely told the doctor that she needed to inform her husband. She hurriedly called her Pastor who said to her that the baby would live. She too began to place her hands on her stomach with a declaration, “ Baby, I shall not loose you, receive life. I will carry you in my own hands”.
After a few days of prayer, she went to another hospital for a scan and it was confirmed that the baby has life. With confidence, she returned to her regular doctor and insisted on having another scan. The result confirmed that the baby is alive.
At the appointed time, to the Glory of God, she put to bed a beautiful baby girl.
Brethren, trust God, ask for his mercy and the result for you is a testimony that will surprise not only your friends and other friends but also yourself.
Compliments of the season!